Not all gypsum produces the same high quality drywall and cement. Knowing the difference between inferior and high quality is just one of the reasons to work with Oxbow to deliver your gypsum requirements. With extensive experience in the marketing and transportation of Mexican gypsum, Oxbow Energy Solutions LLC can supply high quality gypsum at the lowest cost to the Pacific Northwest, Western Canada, and California in self-unloading vessels and barges. We fully understand the environmental impacts that may result due to inadequate shipping practices for gypsum and we have dedicated considerable time and effort to fit dust suppression systems on all the gypsum vessels and barges we operate.
What is Gypsum?
Gypsum is the common name for a mineral compound known as calcium sulphate dihydroxide. This mineral is found underground, often near deposits of limestone or other minerals, which are formed by evaporation. To reduce the moisture content found in gypsum it is routinely heated and the resulting powder is often called burnt gypsum. Although its color is usually white, gypsum comes in many hues including pink, gray, off-white, cream, brownish and white. It also comes in a variety of forms, including a pure white crystal called alabaster, and a crystal that forms in desert terrain resembling petals of a flower. Gypsum is naturally resistant to fire and heat.
Gypsum is used in many products for homes and businesses throughout the West Coast and Canada. It is primarily used in the production of dry-wall and Portland cement. It is also an important additive for soil amendment. The benefits for farmers using agricultural gypsum include reduction of nitrogen loss to the air, increased nutrient availability in the soil and improved water retention and drainage, with no effect on soil pH levels. Gypsum's versatility also makes it ideal for use in a wide range of smaller applications such as a mild abrasive in toothpastes.
Other uses of gypsum include:
- Soil strengthener
- Molding agent - Plaster of Paris
Director, Oxbow Energy Solutions LLC